(CNN) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators at the heart of the debate over immigration reform toured the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on Wednesday - the latest sign of growing legislative momentum on a polarizing issue that has been stalled on Capitol Hill for years.
Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake were joined on the tour by New York's Chuck Schumer and Colorado's Michael Bennet, both Democrats. The four men are part of a group of eight senators expected to unveil comprehensive legislation soon after Congress returns from its spring break in April.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of $85 billion in forced spending cuts.
The measure, which passed the House in a 318-109 vote, cleared the Senate on Wednesday. It now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
(CNN) - The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of forced spending cuts. The measure, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
The vote was 318-109.
(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget Thursday. Ryan's budget would cut $4.6 trillion in spending and eliminate the deficit over 10 years, while also repealing President Barack Obama's health care law and overhauling Medicare. The measure is believed to have no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The vote was 221-207.
Washington (CNN) – There are four days left before $85 billion in widely disliked forced spending cuts start to take effect. So what's Congress - back from a weeklong break - doing Monday to change course?
Not much - at least publicly.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin notes each inauguration is moving in its own way, but only a few produce moments that are truly memorable.
"It depends upon the person and the occasion to really produce a historic inaugural speech," Goodwin said. "But the ceremony itself ... is a real tribute to the country, that a person who was the president can go out and become a private citizen (while) a new private citizen is becoming the president."FULL STORY
(CNN) - In Arizona, Republican Rep. Jeff Flake defeated Democrat Richard Carmona to win a U.S. Senate seat, according to a CNN projection.
Flake, a vocal fiscal conservative, led 51 to 45%, with 57% of the estimated vote total counted, when the projection was made. He will take the seat now held by retiring GOP Sen. Jon Kyl.
(CNN) – In Nebraska, Republican state Rep. Deb Fischer defeated former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey to win a U.S. Senate seat, according to a CNN projection.
Fischer led 58% to 42%, with 82 percent of the estimated vote total, when the projection was made. She will fill the seat currently occupied by retiring two-term Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.
Washington (CNN) - The House Ethics Committee prepared Friday to dismiss charges of alleged wrongdoing against California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, ending a tumultuous investigation that lasted roughly three years and may have cost taxpayers up to $1.3 million.
Waters has been accused of improperly seeking government assistance for OneUnited Bank, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held a financial interest, during the 2008 financial meltdown. The bank received $12 million in bailout funds.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Washington's uproar over the infamous Operation Fast and Furious gun-running sting will likely hit its political climax Thursday as the House of Representatives votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
But beyond the political symbolism of such a vote - no attorney general has ever been held in contempt by Congress - what exactly does it mean? Where does the case go from here?FULL STORY